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Pictures show Chinese jet flying near US navy plane

Pictures of a Chinese fighter jet performing a "very dangerous" manoeuvre within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane have been released by the US Department of Defence.

A Chinese fighter plane that came within 20 to 30 feet of a US Navy patrol plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident in which took place in international air space near Japan on Tuesday.

The Chinese jet performed 'acrobatic manoeuvres around' the US plane. Credit: US Department of Defence

Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said today that the jet performed "acrobatic manoeuvres around" the US plane, including flying wingtip-to-wingtip about 9 meters from it.

The US lodged a formal diplomatic protest after the incident. Credit: US Department of Defence